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Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Cycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 26, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: 119.7 km. (74.3 miles) mass start race.

Gold: NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Silver: GER Hanka Kupfernagel
Bronze: LTU Diana Žiliūtė

Summary

Defending champion Jeannie Longo was back for her fifth Olympics. But the dead flat course did not allow her or any rider to break open the field, and it came down to a field sprint. Finishing in Sydney downpour, the winner was the Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel over Germany's Hanka Kupfernagel. Zijlaard-Van Moorsel's performance at the 2000 Olympics rivals any in cycling history. She won the road race, the individual time trial, the 3,000 metre individual pursuit on the track, and won a silver medal in the points race on the track. She won the World Championships on the roads in 1991 and 1993, and in the Time Trial in 1998-99, and was a four-time individual pursuit World Champion (1990, 2001-03). Her career occurred in two phases. After 1993, she suffered from anorexia nervosa and lost almost 20 kg. (44 lbs.). But she recovered and returned to international cycling in the late 90s to enjoy her greatest successes.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 30 Netherlands NED Gold 3-06:31
2 Hanka Kupfernagel 26 Germany GER Silver at 0:00
3 Diana Žiliūtė 24 Lithuania LTU Bronze at 0:00
4 Anna Wilson 28 Australia AUS at 0:00
5 Svetlana Bubnenkova 27 Russia RUS at 0:00
6 Magali le Floc'h 25 France FRA at 0:00
7 Zulfiya Zabirova 26 Russia RUS at 0:00
8 Heidi Van De Vijver 30 Belgium BEL at 0:00
9 Yvonne Schnorf 35 Switzerland SUI at 0:00
10 Sara Symington 30 Great Britain GBR at 0:00
11 Geneviève Jeanson 19 Canada CAN at 0:00
12 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel 24 Netherlands NED at 0:00
13 Rasa Polikevičiūtė 29 Lithuania LTU at 0:00
14 Joane Somarriba 28 Spain ESP at 0:00
15 Alessandra Cappellotto 32 Italy ITA at 0:00
16 Nicole Brändli-Sedoun 21 Switzerland SUI at 0:00
17 Tetiana Stiazhkina 23 Ukraine UKR at 0:00
18 Jacinta Coleman 26 New Zealand NZL at 0:00
19 Oksana Saprykina 21 Ukraine UKR at 0:00
20 Cindy Pieters 24 Belgium BEL at 0:00
21 Pia Sundstedt 25 Finland FIN at 0:00
22 Lyne Bessette 25 Canada CAN at 0:00
23 Tracey Watson-Gaudry 31 Australia AUS at 0:00
24 Yvonne McGregor 39 Great Britain GBR at 0:00
25 Edita Pučinskaitė 24 Lithuania LTU at 0:06
26 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 41 France FRA at 0:06
27 Ceris Gilfillan 20 Great Britain GBR at 0:06
28 Juanita Feldhahn 27 Australia AUS at 0:06
29 Monica Valvik-Valen 29 Norway NOR at 1:31
30 Petra Rossner 33 Germany GER at 2:46
31 Valeria Cappellotto 30 Italy ITA at 2:46
32 Priska Doppmann 29 Switzerland SUI at 3:46
33 Valentyna Karpenko 27 Ukraine UKR at 4:02
34 Fátima Blázquez 25 Spain ESP at 4:02
35 Ingunn Bollerud 27 Norway NOR at 4:02
36 Roz Reekie-May 28 New Zealand NZL at 4:03
37 Chantal Beltman 24 Netherlands NED at 4:03
38 Solrun Flatås 33 Norway NOR at 4:33
39 Catherine Marsal 29 France FRA at 4:33
40 Vanja Vonckx 27 Belgium BEL at 6:09
41 Miho Oki 26 Japan JPN at 6:09
42 Olga Slyusareva 31 Russia RUS at 6:56
43 Clara Hughes 27 Canada CAN at 10:18
44 Cláudia Carceroni-Saintagne 37 Brazil BRA at 17:48
45 Chen Chiung-Yi 23 Chinese Taipei TPE at 21:29
46 Dania Pérez 27 Cuba CUB at 21:57
47 Nicole Freedman 28 United States USA at 21:57
48 Mercedes Cagigas 21 Spain ESP at 21:58
49 Janildes Fernandes 20 Brazil BRA at 28:41
AC Bianca Netzler 26 Samoa SAM DNF
AC Deirdre Murphy 41 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Ina-Yoko Teutenberg 25 Germany GER DNF
AC Karen Kurreck 38 United States USA DNF
AC Mari Holden 29 United States USA DNF
AC Roberta Bonanomi 33 Italy ITA DNF
AC Susy Pryde 26 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Yoanka González 24 Cuba CUB DNF